Dec 11, 2012 1:40am PST
the white house last week is still the gop's position in the fiscal cliff talks. that plan offers a total of $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, including $800 billion in new tax revenue, but no increases on the top 2% of taxpayers. that's where the stalemate seems to be centered. president obama insists taxes on the wealthy must go up. >> but when they start making a million or 10 million or 20 million, you can afford to pay a little more. >> reporter: several republicans indicated that's a concession they're willing to make. >> will i accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? yes. >> reporter: if nothing is done by january 1, income taxes will go up on almost all americans. >> there are no meetings scheduled this week between the president and house speaker john boehner. rob and paula, back to you. >>> the navy s.e.a.l. who died in that mission to rescue a kidnapped american doctor has been identified. nicholas checque was just 28 years old, but for the much of the last decade he had been part of navy s.e.a.l. team 6. the decisi
Dec 10, 2012 3:00am PST
tough one. >>> new signs of progress in efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff after a closed door meeting at the white house. >> more republicans are coming forward to say that the richest americans should pay more in taxes. here is abc's david kerley. >> reporter: for the first time in more than three weeks, a face-to-face meeting at the white house, but no cameras as the president sat down with speaker john boehner. no details are being offered which some will see as good news. the co-creator of a debt reducing plan sees progress. >> any time you have two guys in there tangoing, you have a chance to get it done. >> reporter: before the talks some republicans were admitting the president will get a lot of what he wants. >> let's face it he does have the upper hand on taxes. you have to pass something to keep that from happening. >> reporter: why compromising words? the white house moderated some demands. the president says tax rates for the wealthy have to rise now word that the actual rate could be negotiable. maybe not all the way back to 39.6%. >> will i accept a tax increase as a par
Dec 13, 2012 1:40am PST
until the fiscal cliff, now both sides in this standoff seem no closer to a deal. the public rhetoric, though, is ramping up, while the private talks seem to be at a standstill over the same tax hangups. >> the president and i had a frank conversation about how far apart we are. >> he has made abundantly clear both in his policy presentations and in what he has said to you and to the american public that he is willing to make tough choices on the spending side. >>> the overseas markets though, don't seem to be too concerned about the lack of progress. stocks actually are mostly up, in fact. >> there's all kinds of polls out there. we have an abc news poll, fox news poll. i think overwhelmingly, the majority of americans support president obama on raising the taxes on the wealthiest. but i thought this was interesting. a majority of republicans think cuts to entitlement programs, should be made now, even if it's tough on families. but democrats think they should be continued to be funded at their current levels, even if it means passing on trillions of dollars of debt to future generations. >> that is the fox news poll just to be clear.